By Saiyed M. Fauzan Ali
Having a Pizza is all about involvement and excitement, a process which involves all of our senses. The aroma that teases our olfactory nerves, the sight of melted cheese and veggies, the feel of the soft and crunchy cornmeal-dredged crust, the sound of the crunch as we take our first bite, and yes, the taste of a delectable combination of cheese, sauce, herbs, meat and chewy dough. However, despite its reputation as being the most delicious and amazing dish, Pizza has long been categorized as a Junk food, that is until science proved that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Pizza is not only an easy go-to food, but it’s also a healthy option considering that you go easy on the toppings, and avoid the unctuous, refined flour and processed meat varieties. A thin crust pie topped with veggies, moderate levels of cheese and sauce will definitely make your Pizza eating experience a healthy one. According to a paper published in the Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Pizza is found to have cardioprotective ingredients, which reduces the risk of experiencing a heart attack (Gallus, Tavani, and La Vecchia, 2004). The tomatoes present in the topping of a Pizza helps the body absorb lycopene, which is an antioxidant that reduces the chances of catching a heart disease. Moreover, the presence of the cheese’s fat aids in the absorption process. Furthermore, Cheese provides us with protein, and 15g is enough to help repair and build muscles. Hence, dieticians say that devouring a few slices as a cheat meal is not such a bad idea.
According to Brooke Alpert, the founder of B Nutritious, Pizza is a healthy diet as long as the dough is less greasy, and made with olive oil and whole grain. The topping should be mainly fresh veggies and moderate lairs of high protein cheese, with extra lairs of tomato sauce. It is no doubt that Pizza is good for the heart, and the development of muscles. It can even be consumed in small portions in between workout sessions. But only, and mind you that it’s a big ONLY if you’re using the right ingredients, and having it in smaller portions. Full of greens? Fresh and healthy ingredients? Moderate Cheese? Thin Crust? It’s Taco Time.
Gallus, S., Tavani, A. and La Vecchia, C., 2004. Pizza and risk of acute myocardial infarction. European journal of clinical nutrition, 58(11), p.1543.